Article: Thinking agile vs working agile. What’s the difference? The Agile Manifesto and 12 agile principles.
Thinking agile (some call it ‘being agile’) and working agile is not the same.
At Agil IT we believe that only when teams follow the intention behind The Agile Manifesto and 12 associated Principles as well as clearly manifest and show a behaviour that supports it, then you are on the right track and highly likely to being able to achieve the benefits of agility.
We are also looking for evidense of a Learning Organization (ref. Peter Senge’s book The Fifth Discipline).
By using agile practices such as Daily Stand-up’s , Retrospectives and delivering products based on a prioritized backlog, you *work* agile.
We believe that working agile is insufficient. It’s a matter of thinking agility into basically everything you do and at all levels in your organization – for leaders as well as followers.
Read more about agile behaviour of the 12 agile principles below.
Click on one of the 12 principles to learn more.
For each principle you can see below the associated behaviour that we look for in an organization which is claimed to ‘be’ agile (i.e. working agile as well as thinking agile).
Additionally we give examples of agile practices that are often used in order to exhibit the associated behaviour.